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News Posted on March 19, 2015

Roxanne Strohmeier '16  Chosen for Prestigious International Ethics Program

Roxanne Strohmeier '16 is one of 12 law students chosen by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) to participate in a two-week program for future attorneys that will take place this summer in Germany and Poland.

FASPE is a unique international program that explores the history of the Holocaust as a way to engage graduate students across five different fields (business, journalism, law, medicine, and religion) in an intensive study of contemporary ethics in their discipline. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, and in particular, the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling in Germany and Poland, where fellows study the past and consider how to apply the lessons of history to the current ethical challenges they will confront in their own professions.

Over the course of 12 days, Fellows will participate in seminars run by leading scholars who serve as FASPE faculty, and attend lectures with a range of guest speakers. The program integrates historical, cultural, philosophical and literary sources, survivor testimony, and workshops in Berlin, Auschwitz, and Krakow.  

Prior to her arrival at King Hall, Strohmeier earned a degree in Politics from UC Santa Cruz and worked with the California Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division and for Planned Parenthood. Last summer, she was a UC Human Rights Fellow and worked as a legal intern for the litigation department of the national office of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project in New York City. She is a recipient of a Women Lawyers of Sacramento scholarship.

"I am committed to being an advocate of medical advancements and new technologies, and to always considering their underlying social and ethical implications," said Strohmeier, whose professional interests include litigation, health care law, bioethics, and reproductive rights. "Participating in FASPE would provide an opportunity to develop and hone the intuition, insight, and perspective that this will require."